By the time Labor Day rolls around, your skin has likely experienced the full effects of summer weather. Dryness, sun spots, and body acne run rampant after an entire season spent outside (even while wearing SPF), which is why derms recommend doubling down on exfoliants from the neck down as we start to transition in the fall. Our pick for getting the job done? Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C Glycolic Body Lotion ($25).
For the sake of smoothing skin all over, Drunk Elephant has repurposed the AHA blend used in its fan-fave T.L.C. Framboos(TM) Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum ($90) so that you can reap its resurfacing benefits from the neck down. With a blend of glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acid, it works to break the bonds that hold skin cells to the surface of your skin, virtually melting them away. The result? Unclogged pores, an evened-out skin tone, and no dullness in sight.
“Exfoliation is a must in any skin-care routine, especially in the summer,” esthetician Joanna Czech previously told Well+Good. “It removes dead skin cells, sweat, dirt, and other toxins that clog your pores.” So, if you haven’t exactly kept up with your exfoliation routine as you’ve been basking in the sun and sand, consider now a good time to start.
What makes the Drunk Elephant formula so special is the fact that it pairs its powerhouse exfoliators with potent hydrators–and the combination of the two types of actives is important for supporting the health of your skin barrier. In addition to its AHA cocktail, the lotion has marula butter, which moisturizes skin with lipids and fatty acids while providing antioxidant protection, plus shea butter, which is known for its rich, emollient properties.
Because the lotion’s exfoliating ingredients clear away dirt, debris, and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, it makes it easier for the hydrating ones to get way down deep into your pores and do their job more effectively. “If you’re looking to smooth your skin, you could throw on a very high concentration of AHAs and you’ll be guaranteed to have smoother skin, but if you’re not providing support [from hydrating ingredients] as well, it will be compromised and more susceptible to damage,” Dendy Engleman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City, previously told Well+Good .
“Even if your skin doesn’t have the same intense hydration needs this time of year as it does when it’s 20 below zero, you still need to hydrate and provide support to your skin barrier in order to fortify this,” Engleman adds.
In other words? Smoother, more hydrated skin is only a single application away.
For more intel on why it’s important to exfoliate all year long, check out the video below.
Oh hi! You look like someone who loves free workouts, discounts for cutting-edge wellness brands, and exclusive Well+Good content. Sign up for Well+, our online community of wellness insiders, and unlock your rewards instantly.